New York Governor, Mayor Lambast Feds Over Garner Decision

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (L) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized the feds' Garner decision. Photo courtesy NY Governor's Office via Flickr

Two top New York politicians are lashing out after the Justice Department decided not to bring charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, reported The New York Post.

“You know the minority community has a significant level of distrust in the criminal justice system,” said N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo at a news conference on the farm workers bill (reported by The New York Daily News). “Does this help or does this hurt? Does this vindicate the distrust? Does this disprove the distrust? Everybody knows the answer, but yet nothing is done.”

Cuomo’s remarks contrasted with a less combative statement by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary, Freddi Goldstein, who said, “The City’s disciplinary process is underway and a decision is expected by August 31,” reported The Post.

Earlier this week, The Daily News reported that the Justice Department earlier this week announced it would not bring a civil rights case against New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Daniel Pantaleo following Garner’s death, triggering a new round of protests.

Garner died after a controversial chokehold by Pantaleo on July 17, 2014, said The Associated Press.

Critics say de Blasio, who is currently competing for the Democratic presidential nomination, has the power to take matters into his own hands, reported The Wall Street Journal. “He’s the commissioner’s boss. He can fire these officers at any time,” said The Journal quoted Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, saying.

One of the most vocal critics of the Justice Department’s decision was Garner’s daughter, Emerald.

On the courthouse steps in Brooklyn, shortly after the decision, a video by NY1 shows her saying, “Choked him with no remorse! The federal government does not want to prosecute Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner! Nobody wants to hold anybody accountable?!”

 Brian Demo is a TCR news intern.

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